Be wary of red herrings and studies of same sex parenting.

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http://discussingmarriage.org/the-objection-from-research/#.VYssFuuztsY

A Red Herring
Appealing to research specifically related to same-sex parenting is a red herring, because none of the arguments in favor of man-woman marriage policies rely on the inferiority of same-sex parenting when compared with other adoptive parents.

Only one of the many arguments for traditional marriage — The Argument from Child Welfare — relies on empirical research about parenting at all, and none of that research is related to same-sex parenting per se.

Instead, the Argument from Child Welfare relies on research showing that children fare best when they are raised by their biological parents, as opposed to any other parenting arrangement properly researched, including adoptive parents, single parents, step-parents, etc. This research is virtually undisputed by social scientists.
Same-sex parents must always be either a blended family or an adoptive family (or produce offspring via assistive reproductive technologies such as in-vitro fertilization or surrogate motherhood), and by definition cannot both be the child’s biological parents. For this reason, formalizing same-sex marriage as no different from man-woman marriage will actively negate the state’s commitment to biological parenting as an ideal. In The Argument from Child Welfare, we argue that this will result in fewer children being raised by their biological parents.
If man-woman marriage policies increase the likelihood that children will be raised by their biological parents, then reasonable people can support this ideal regardless of whether children adopted by same-sex parents fare about as well as other adopted children.
Conversely, if redefining marriage will undermine the ideal of biological parenthood (by making fathers and mothers superfluous in the state’s articulation of the ideal), then conscientious voters have a rational basis for concern — again, irrespective of whether children adopted by same-sex parents fare about as well as other adopted children.

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